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Sophronitis cernua

This is a discussion on Sophronitis cernua within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Originally Posted by Ron-NY Now I have to decide do I let it wander to ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron-NY View Post
    Now I have to decide do I let it wander to the back of the mount or attach it to a larger piece of cork
    If it goes onto the back of the mount, would you simply suspend it with wire? I think it would be better to put it onto a larger mount - frame it a bit. I bet that would look great. JMHO

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    If it wandered to the back I would have to suspend it. I can wire this mount in the center of a larger one. I have done that before with other species. My other option would be to attach a mount next to it and make 2 plants out of it eventually but I think this one would be better as a larger specimen.

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    Ron, just a question, would more blossoms (in total) result from dividing?

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    Joe, this seems to develop more leads as it grows. It originally had 1 lead and now there are 3. One lead has not put out it's buds yet. So, I suspect the # of leads will keep increasing. There is a technique that I can use to increase the # of leads and that is to cut the rhizome here and there. The only problem with that is that it would no longer be considered one plant in the eyes of the AOS for award purposes. Not that I plan on taking things to judging. I have used that technique in the past to get back bulbs to throw a front lead. I usually do that a year prior to when I plan on dividing a plant and have only done that with Catts that are potted. It gives me trade fodder to increase my collection with.

    Edit: It would take a couple of years to divide. The plant can't be removed from it's mount without causing permanent damage so I would only allow it to meander onto another mount next to it and then cut the rhizomes in between once it is established on the mount next to it. .

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    Terrific insider tip. Thanks.

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    It looks like you are growing it incredibly well!!! WOW

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meg25 View Post
    It looks like you are growing it incredibly well!!! WOW
    Thanks... it likes benign neglect and that was a hard lesson to learn on some species. When I started growing I killed a few with too much love.

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    OH wow cute!!!!!!!

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